Howard remembered FM rock radio pioneer Pete Fornatale: "He was such a bad announcer, he gave me hope. … Pete inspired me. … But what I realized, as I got older, is that Pete had a natural delivery, which I came to admire. In other words, he didn't try to sound like an announcer. And I found out that it wasn't as easy as I thought to sound natural. It took me years to get where Pete had gone."